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When we purchased our home, it was like taking a step back in time to 1994. It was pristine and nothing had been touched since it was built. I don’t know how it’s possible that two people lived here for over 20 years and put so little wear on a house. It was sparkling. Sparkling 90’s shiny brass lighting fixtures, tan on tan on tan everything, and the most in your face bold ornate Tuscan tapestry curtains that you have ever seen.
So, slowly, we have been renovating. At times, it feels like painfully slowly. One project at a time. Transforming this 90’s ranch rambler into a mid-century modern beach house. By this time, I thought we would have the whole house done. I have to remind myself that in addition to renovating the house, we both have full time jobs, the amount of time spent on blogging is in itself another job, and we lead very full lives. So, projects just don’t get completed as quickly as I would like.
The dining room transformation was actually a multi step process that has been going on for a year or so. First we painted the walls. We settled on the most gorgeous greige color that we did the whole house in, and you can read all about it. Then my wonderful husband made these show stopper shiplap valances. They might be my favorite project we have done. I shared all about making them. And finally, we installed a new light fixture.
We had been talking about a lighting fixture for a while, and going back and forth on what we wanted. I loved woven beachy pendant lights like this one from Serena and Lilly. But, Tom was not convinced.
Well, actually, that wasn’t the problem. Tom was convinced, convinced that he did not like it, at all. We were at Home Depot getting supplies for a different project and walked down the lighting aisle and one caught Tom’s eye and he asked, “What about this one?”
And, it was the one.
So, we actually bought it on impulse. We weren’t even really sure about the size for the space. But, brought it home anyway. And, it is a perfect fit. It still feels a little modern beachy, which goes with the rest of our home. But, it more masculine looking too than many other lighting options.
This room has actually been done for a while now, I just have never shared the end result! And, it looks so good!
Our furniture is original mid-century modern pieces that my grandparents picked up when they lived overseas. They fit the room perfectly and I can’t imagine ever having another table and chairs or china hutch. The mid-century modern vibes is a fun eclectic twist on the beach house.
Our next big project, that will also affect this space, is putting in new floors. But, that will take some time, since we can’t even agree on a *type* of flooring. Let alone color! But, for now, I am so happy with the transformation of our dining room before and after.
What do you think? What projects are you tackling in your home right now?